Albania should approve the national register for the protection of children from sexual crimes

Albania should approve the national register for the protection of children from sexual crimes

Albania is unprepared to protect children from sexual crimes, while public institutions do not have sufficient knowledge and information on the extent of the problem. Scientific studies show that 5% of children in Albania are victims of sexual abuse, while 11% claim that they have been sexually harassed by adults. This means that at least 1 in 10 children in Albania are threatened by sexual crimes. In 2014, the State Police have registered 97 complaints against children, while in 2013, the system of Justice did not convict anyone for sexual crimes against children under the age of 14! Has the system of Justice helped paedophiles  to escape trial for sexual crimes in Albania?

Tirana, 6 March 2015 - The Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania - CRCA and the Albanian National Helpline for Children - ALO 116, with the support of the Canadian Government, presented today during a workshop the proposal for the establishment of a “National Register for the Protection of Children from Sexual Crimes”, in the framework of civil society efforts to combat violence against children in Albania. The workshop had the main objective to raise awareness of national authorities, experts, media and general public on the need of setting up a National Register for the Protection of Children from Sexual Crimes in Albania. The workshop saw the participation of members of parliament part of the Children’s Rights Caucus, public institutions, civil society activists, etc.

During the workshop scientific and official data showing how exposed children are towards sexual violence. The BECAN study, one of the biggest studies in the Balkan regarding violence against children reveals that reveals that 11 % percent of children in Albania are victims of sexual harassment, while 5 % of children are victims of sexual violence. Data of ALO 116 show that there have been more than 135 cases of children reporting telephonically a disturbing trend of fear, suffering and isolation of children victims of sexual violence. The system of Justice in their official data report that during 2013, 54 cases were sent for trial and from these 38 offenders convicted, but none convicted of sexual violence against children under 14 years old. Meanwhile the State Police for the same period, report 89 sexual offenses against children.

Speakers at the workshop were: Mrs. Vasilika Hysi, Member of Parliament/ Deputy head of the Caucus for Children’s Rights in Albania, Mrs. Elona Gjebrea Deputy/Minister of Internal Affairs and National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Mrs. Tidita Fshazi, Legal expert, Mrs. Mersila Ballo, Programme Manager at CRCA Albania, Mr. Mirgit Vataj, Manager of ALO 116, as well as civil society experts on the rights of children.

Altin Hazizaj, Director of CRCA Albania said: “In response to events of paedophilia that occur every day against children in Albania , today we officially ask the Parliament and the Albanian Government to approve the establishment of the National Register for the Protection of Children from Sexual Crimes , where any person convicted of sexual crimes is to be recorded and monitored ".

Legal experts presented the first draft of the Register, which is prepared by CRCA Albania, focusing on the objectives of the law, the subjects, the responsible authority, who may request information from the Register, the protection of personal data, etc. In the days to come, a broad consultation process on the structure and content of the register will be developed with all partners and public institutions, to arrive at a final draft to be submitted to the Albanian Parliament for approval.

For more information, please contact:

Mersila Ballo

HRH, CRCA Albania

Tel: 0694060392; email: mersila.ballo@crca.al

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